Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
A : Please tell us your name and where you are from.
My name is .... I live in Yawata City. Yawata City is in the southern part of Kyoto and located at the border of Osaka and Kyoto.
A : OK. Why do Japanese clap their hands at a rhythm at certain ceremonies?
Sorry, please say that again.
I have been working fora my company for more than thirty years. I have had many parties to welcome someone or to say farewell to someone. In most parties, especially at end-of-the-year parties, we clap our hands like this.
A : Oh, I understand! So Japanese do that to wrap up parties.
Yes, that's right.
A : Why are crimes by youths increasing in Japan?
In Japan, many young mothers do not scold their children when they make noise on the train. I think it is because those mothers were also not scolded by their parents when they were young. So they are afraid about how their children will react when they scold their children. I don't think we can decrease the number of crimes if we don't improve our education system.
A : I see. Next question. Are Japanese fathers strict these days?
I don't think so. Japanese fathers aren't as strict as before. Japanese fathers have to be strict again, otherwise the Japanese education system won't be improved. We have to educate our children more strictly as my father did with me.
A : A North Korean ship has been visiting a Japanese port many times, and it has been inspected. What do you think about this?
The Japanese government is taking a very strong diplomatic stance on the abduction issue, but not so much on the "Man Gyong Bong" issue. I think the Japanese government has to take the same strong stance on the "Man Gyong Bong" issue, too.
A : Oh, you're saying the Japanese fathers have to be strong and the Japanese government also has to be strong.
Yes, that's right.
A,B,C : Thank you very much.
Thank you for your time.
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